Prof Clare Murray MBChB, MD, MRCP, MRCPCH

Clinical Senior Lecturer

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I am a clinical senior lecturer based at the University of Manchester and at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital (50:50 split).

The academic part of my current post comprises of five sessions per week as a Senior Lecturer based at the University Hospital of South Manchester. I am part of the Division of Infection, immunity and respiratory medicine. My main research interest is the role of environmental factors, including allergens, viruses and diet, in the development of asthma and allergic sensitisation. I am prinicpal investigator of the Manchester Asthma and Allergy Study a large birth cohort study set up in the mid 1990s to investigate the developemnet of asthma and allergic disease. In addition I have a strong interest in treatment options (both pharmacological and non-pharmacological) for asthma and severe asthma. I have an active role in the NIHR Greater Manchester Clinical Research Network. I am currently the Greater Manchester CRN Children's Research lead. I am also the chair of the NIHR Children's Respiratory and Cystic Fibrosis Clinical studies group.

The clinical part of my current post comprises of 5 sessions a week as a Consultant Respiratory Paediatrician at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. As part of a 5WTE consultant team we offer a secondary and tertiary paediatric respiratory service for the North West of England. This includes the investigation and management of children with conditions such as asthma, bronchiectasis, chronic lung disease of prematurity, tuberculosis and interstitial lung disease. In addition we run the Cystic Fibrosis service for Greater Manchester and offer a shared-care service for all children with Cystic Fibrosis in the North West Region by means of peripatetic clinics.

My particular interest is severe asthma and I lead the severe asthma service for Greater Manchester and the wider north west region. We have recently worked closely with the adult north west regional severe asthma service to develop a transition service for our adolescent patients with severe asthma. I also jointly run the paediatric TB service for Greater Manchester.


I qualified from Edinburgh University in 1990. I started training as a paediatrician in 1993 and worked/trained as a specialist registrar in paediatrics in the Mersey Deanery, specialising in respiratory paediatrics. I took time out from 1999 to 2001 to carry out research and was awarded my MD (Environmental allergens and childhood asthma) in 2002. I completed my training in 2003 and have been a consultant in paediatric respiratory medicine at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital since then. I was awarded a 5 year HEFCE clinical senior lectureship in August 2007 have been working a 50:50 clinical:research split between the University of Manchester and Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, since then.


MB ChB (University of Edinburgh)

MD (Universityof Manchester)



CCST in Paediatrics (Subspeciality - Respiratory medicine)

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

British Medical Association

British Thoracic Society

British Paediatric Respiratory Society

British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology

European Respiratory Society

Northern Paediatric Respiratory Forum

Respiratory Effectiveness Group

External positions

President Elect Manchester Paediatric Club , Manchester Medical Society

10 Oct 20189 Oct 2019

Research review committee, Asthma UK

Jan 2018 → …

research consultation committee, Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health

Dec 2017 → …

steering committee member, Manchester Medical Society

Oct 201610 Oct 2018

Greater Manchester NIHR Clinical research network Children's research lead

1 Apr 201531 Mar 2019

Paediatric lung conditions advisory board, British Lung Foundation

Jan 2015 → …

Chair of NIHR Children's Respiratory and Cystic fibrosis clinical studies group

Oct 2014 → …

Research review committee, Asthma UK

Dec 2012Jun 2015

Areas of expertise

Biology, Medicine and Health (BMH) Domains

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2002 - Doctor of Medicine, Environmental allergens and childhood asthma, The University of Manchester
  • 1990 - Bachelor of Medicine The University Court of the University of Edinburgh (1985 - 1990)

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